Susan Hiller

Susan Hiller

Born Cleveland, Ohio 1940

Lives and works London


After several exhibitions of her paintings and a series of collaborative ‘group investigations’, in the early 1980s Susan Hiller began to make innovative use of audio and visual technology. Her ground-breaking installations, multi-screen videos and audio works have achieved international recognition and are widely acknowledged to be a major influence on younger British artists. Each of Hiller’s works is based on specific cultural artefacts from our society, which she uses as basic materials. Many of her works explore the liminality of certain phenomena including the practice of automatic writing, near death experiences, and collective experiences of unconscious, subconscious and paranormal activity.

Hiller’s career has been recognised by a major retrospective exhibition, Susan Hiller, Tate Britain, London, 2011, as well as the mid-career survey exhibitions: Susan Hiller: Selected Works, Tate Gallery, Liverpool, 1996, and Susan Hiller: Out of Bounds, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, 1986. Some of the major group exhibitions in which she has participated include: Conceptual Art in Britain 1964–1972, Tate Britain, London, 2016; dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, 2012; 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2011; 17th Biennale of Sydney: The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, Sydney, 2010; elles@centrepompidou, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2009; Berlin Biennial 5, Berlin, 2008; and Whack! Art and the Feminist Revolution, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2007.